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Samsara Blues

by Ken Arconti

Blues with a sophisticated jazz-tinged edge, wrapped up in ten intelligently arranged original instrumental compositions, featuring Ken's soulfully lyrical guitar playing.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Fusion
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1. In The Loop
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2. Rise and Shine
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3. Turn The Page
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4. There Once Was An Angel
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5. At Your Beck and Call
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6. Detour on Green Street
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7. Dreamin' About You
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8. For Those Who Cry Inside
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9. Samsara Blues
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10. Until We Meet Again
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Guitarist/vocalist Ken Arconti is a native Californian who has performed in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. At home in almost any musical environment, his playing is filled with passion, sensitivity and soulful lyricism.

His second solo release, "Samsara Blues," features 10 original instrumental compositions, ranging from funky jam-oriented excursions, to hard rocking blues, to soulful, introspective ballads. Ken is joined on the CD by some of the Bay Area's finest musicians: John R. Burr on keyboards (Alison Brown, Robben Ford), Dewayne Pate on bass (Robben Ford, Chris Cain), David Rokeach on drums (Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles), Tom Politzer on tenor & alto saxophone (Tower of Power, Spang-A-Lang), and David "Pacha" Alvarez S. on congas & percussion (Sista Monica, Con Corazon).

Inspired by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, Ken began playing guitar at the age of 11. He was soon performing in bands and absorbing the sounds of the '60s. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, the soul sounds of Stax & Motown, the blues of B.B. and Albert King, and jazz artists Miles Davis and Wes Montgomery were all influences.

In 1978, Ken moved from his home of Los Angeles to Santa Cruz and began playing in clubs around the Bay Area. He has performed everything from country to jazz, to top-40 rock, to rhythm & blues. Well known for his blues playing, Ken has performed repeatedly at the Monterey Bay Blues Festival. The list of artists he has opened for reads like a "Who's Who" of the Blues: Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker, Albert Collins, Junior Wells, Johnny Copeland, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, John Mayall, Charlie Musselwhite, Robben Ford, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, and Roomful of Blues, to name a few.

Ken's first solo album, "As The Years Go Passing By"(1993), featured a set of hard-driving blues recorded live at the Catalyst in Santa Cruz. He has also recorded/performed with the Broadway Blues Band, Terry Hanck & the Soul Rockers, the Chris Cobb Band, The Mighty Penguins, and legendary New Orleans funk drummer Zigaboo Modeliste (the Meters).

As well as performing, Ken carries a steady clientele of devoted guitar students. He taught in the California Arts In Corrections Program from 1992 to 2003, teaching guitar, music theory and improvisation at Soledad Prison. He was the recipient of a prestigious Artist in Residence Grant from the California Arts Council from 1999 to 2002, establishing a multi-cultural music/band program at Salinas Valley State Prison, which was featured in the 2002 VH1 documentary "Music Behind Bars."

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Peter Dave

Tasty, soulful, intricate guitar work that smolders
Imagine a collision of Roy Buchanan, Larry Carlton, Steely Dan, and Jeff Beck influences, with highly original compositional stylings, and you'll get a good idea of what is on this deeply satisfying CD.

This is guitar playing at its searing and soulful best....and satisfyingly cliche-free. Ken Arconti's time has come. If you crave blues with a sophisticated jazz-tinged edge wrapped up in intelligently arranged instrumental tunes, you've got to check out this dynamite effort!
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